Text by Elizabeth Stamp, AD CLEVER
Private outdoor space is a dream of most people living in city apartments—even if it's just a small balcony. (Or, let's face it, a fire escape.) If you're lucky enough to have a balcony, then you owe it to yourself—and all your friends—to make the most of it. This means doing more than putting out a lawn chair and calling it a day. No matter how tiny it is, your balcony has plenty of design potential. In search of balcony ideas? Read on to find some balcony ideas and see how you can transform your outdoor space from top to bottom.
Add a Café Table
All you need to enjoy your morning coffee on your balcony is a café table and a chair. Choose one that folds up easily so you can store it inside if necessary.
Bring in Greenery
Pack your balcony with planters filled with lush plants to create the feel of that backyard you've always wanted. Add some herbs to make your balcony smell as good as it looks.
Opt for Floor Pillows
There's no need to invest in outdoor furniture—especially if you're just renting. Get some colorful and comfortable floor pillows that can do double duty inside.
Add Pattern with an Outdoor Rug
Amp up the look of your balcony with a patterned rug or runner. Be sure to choose one that will stand up to the elements.
Light It Up
Give yourself plenty of light for late-night hangouts by installing an outdoor pendant or sconces. If you're renting, go for string lights or outdoor lanterns.
Hang a Chair or Hammock
You may be in the city, but there’s no reason your balcony can’t feel like you're on vacation. A hanging chair or hammock create a laid-back vibe.
Surround Yourself with Flowers
You may not have room for a dining area (or even a chair), but there’s always space for flowers. Install planters along the balcony railing to sweeten your view and add to your home’s curb appeal.
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